What About Starting Stevens and O’Connor Institutes for Justice?

What do retired Justices of the Supreme Court of the United States do with their time and reputation? One of them – Justice Paul Stevens, 94, just published another book  Six Amendments: How and Why We Should Change the Constitution.

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School can’t substantiate claims that Texas girl’s Bible taken away during in-class reading period

A Texas school district said it could not substantiate claims by a conservative activist group that a second-grader had her Bible taken away during a classroom reading exercise. The girl’s family said a teacher took away her Bible two weeks ago during a “read to myself” period at Hamilton Elementary School. The family – who asked to remain anonymous, fearing possible retaliation — contacted the Liberty Institute rather than bring their concerns to the principal

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CTU president Karen Lewis’s statement on the Chicago Board of Education’s decisi…

CTU president Karen Lewis’s statement on the Chicago Board of Education’s decision to turn around three more elementary schools: “Today’s hostile takeover of three of our neighborhood school communities by the mayor’s handpicked Board of Education makes it quite clear that there is a war on older, African-American teachers and administrators, as well as the school communities in which they serve.

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Kentucky kid stuff. “I was waiting for ‘My dad went to MIT!’”
Kentucky kid stuff. “I was waiting for ‘My dad went to MIT!’” Kentucky kid stuff. “I was waiting for ‘My dad went to MIT!’”

This just in from Joseph Gerth of the Louisville Courier Journal : “Matt Bevin relies on his young daughter, Olivia, to call U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell a liar in his latest television ad, which stars Bevin and his whole clan.” Bevin is the tea party hero challenging McConnell in next month’s Kentucky Republican primary

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All the World’s a Strategy

It seems everyone is playing the bad guy these days. From the ever deadlocked, hold-no-prisoners U.S

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Schools Across The Country Are Working Hard To Reinforce Gender Stereotypes

CREDIT: Shutterstock Over the past several years, school dress codes haven’t been without controversy. Particularly because gender-based dress codes often end up furthering unhealthy attitudes about female sexuality — suggesting that it’s girls’ responsibility to cover up because boys can’t help but get “distracted” — students and parents sometimes protest against what they see as a harmful approach to kids’ understanding of gender roles

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Girl in pants ejected from North Carolina prom for violating non-existent dress code

A high school senior in Cherryville, NC said that she was kicked out of her school’s prom for wearing pants. Shafer Rupard and her friends are students at Cherryville High School and on Saturday night, they attended the school’s prom. WBTV reported , however that Rupard had only just arrived when a school administrator approached her on the dance floor.

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George Mason Policy Conference on the Future of Privacy and Data Security

The Law & Economics Center’s Henry G. Manne Program in Law & Economics Studies will present its Public Policy Conference on the Future of Privacy and Data Security Regulation at George Mason University School of Law, Wednesday, May 14, 2014 from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm.

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Cops On Killing Spree In Copacabana 

*Warning Graphic* Three more boys have been executed by the police in Rio de Janeiro, this time in Copacabana, in the latest police attack on favelas (communities inhabited by working poor). Almost every day police kill somebody in Rio, using the ”war on drugs” to inflict terror on activists and citizens they want to keep under control

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Slow down for social change: join the Tolpuddle Pilgrimage
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Calling points on the Tolpuddle Pilgrimage © Edd Baldry In a period of political urgency and existential crises one would have to be quite contrarian to suggest that by slowing down we can actually speed up social change. In this networked age we see ideas and innovations go viral but wonder why this isn’t reproduced in the real world

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